Peavey Silver Stripe Bandit 112 Review
Recently I picked up a Peavey Bandit 112 TransTube Amplifier Silver Stripe Amplifier. This particular model is made in the USA and features a non-sticker version of the 12″ Sheffield Speaker. I had a number of requests to review and demonstrate the Peavey Bandit 112 silver stripe amplifier so here we go.
Like most Peavey Bandits from the 1990’s onward this amplifier is branded with the “TransTube” logo which means it has a setting called “T-Dynamics” which allows you to set the sag/dynamics of the amplifier. The further right you have the t-dynamics the louder and cleaner the amp will be. The further to the left you have this control, the easier the amp will break up and sag will be increased.
The silver stripe Peavey Bandit also features a single clean channel as well as three different gain stages of drive channels. I either live on the clean channel with pedals or I would just use the overdrive channel on its own.
What I did notice about this amplifier at louder volumes is it doesn’t seem anywhere near as loud as the newer generation of bandits. I have a suspicion this drop in volume is related to the speaker efficiency. That said, it’s still loud enough to play live without any effects (just if your band is really loud), and it sounds very warm and kind of “vintage” in tone. I currently own a red stripe bandit 112 and I feel like while they share a lot of similarities on paper – tonally, they are very different. There’s also some other differences with the silver stripe bandit in comparison to the red stripe for example. The silver stripe amp cabinets are actually pretty big. They are maybe 1/5 larger in dimensions than the red stripe. This means the box is bigger both in depth, width, and height. I think if you changed the speaker in the silver stripe amplifier to something like an Eminence Texas Heat 12″ Guitar Speaker, 150 Watts at 8 Ohms or Eminence Patriot Swamp Thang 12″ Guitar Speaker, 150 Watts at 8 Ohms speaker, you’d have a much louder amp. That said, the silver stripe is probably loud enough for most bands and situation in smaller clubs and bars.
Below is a video from Dan Lopez explaining the timeline of the Peavey Bandit amplifiers and it’s well worth checking out.